Sox Pounded By Yankees At Fenway Park
The beginning of a three-game series with the dreaded New York Yankees started terribly for the Boston Red Sox as the Yanks beat the Sox 20-11 at Fenway Park. Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui led the offensive charge for New York as the Bronx Bombers blasted 23 hits, 10 off Boston starter Brad Penny and eight off of recently promoted Michael Bowden.
The Yankees put up two runs in the first, four in the second, and six in the fifth to deliver the first blow to the Red Sox in this three-game series. Penny lasted only four innings as Bowden sacrificed himself for Tery Francona and the Sox as the rookie right-hander saw his ERA jump to 15.75. Andy Pettite got the win for New York, his tenth of the season and Jacoby Ellsbury tied the Red Sox single-season stolen base record with his 54 thief of the season.
The loss puts Boston 7 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the AL East but a Tampa Bay win over Texas on Friday keeps the Sox 1 1/2 games up in the wildcard chase. Junichi Tazawa looks to right the Red Sox ship on Saturday as he squares off against A.J. Burnett.